- Posted June 17, 2012 by
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Stories from Second Life
SL9B - Second Life's 9th Birthday Celebrations Begin!
An exhibition is due to open in Second Life for the social networking site’s 9th birthday. Yes SL is 9 years old and people have been working their socks off to put on a grand Expo to mark the occasion. It’s press day today and usually, being part of SL press, I would be there, but I didn’t apply to attend, as I, with Hibiscus Hastings, Ed Follet and Spooks Blackburn have our very own display and I did my own sneaky preview beforehand. SL usually has a theme for each birthday and this year it’s all about community, which is fitting for SL, as anyone who is a regular visitor to the virtual world will tell you that community is what it’s all about, meeting other people and making friends from all over the world. Most people do form a firm circle of friends who share common interests and enjoy each others company in SL.
There are, as you would expect, lots of variations on the theme and there are some magnificent builds and some well thought out designs for the event this year. We opted for something simple and a little bit traditional, a Tea room set in a small park. We also have a summerhouse, a dance floor and a fun giant teacup carousel. Spooks had suggested the Tea room idea and we enjoyed putting it together. Spooks built the main Regency Style café, which is a wonderful red brick structure with dainty tables and chairs inside, complete with bone china cups and a peach tart waiting to be sliced. I set to making the dance floor with a patio area. I made it a heart shaped dancing space with soft swathes of wild flowers planted around the outside to break up the hard edges of the blue chequered paving. Hibiscus put out her metal and brick framed Summerhouse with some goodies inside, including some hot bread straight from the virtual oven (you can almost smell it! it looks delicious!). Hib then added some summer blooms around the small gardens. Ed busily made his teacup carousel with creamy coloured teacup seats encircling a huge teapot. He also had a couple of brightly striped deckchairs on the lawn with a carton of cold beer at the side, so he could take a break now and again to admire his handicraft!
At first we had some problems with the views around our plot, as our single story buildings are dwarfed by some very high structures right next door, and although amazingly modern styles and fantastic designs, the close proximity of the builds spoiled the serenity of our tiny park. To solve this Spooks had a screen of virtual trees. which worked very well for the back of the site. I then decided to do a similar screen with a wooden fence to cover the side view and ‘hey presto!’ it looked fine!
I’m not sure if people outside the UK have heard of the Chelsea Flower Show in London; It’s an annual garden show in real life. When you visit the Chelsea grounds it’s a beautiful place to stroll around and get all your gardening ideas, some of the plots are gorgeous. Chelsea can be tiring though, it’s so popular and crowded that there aren’t many places to sit and have a cup of tea or coffee (or a Pimms and lemonade with some ice if you are lucky!), so it's hard to find a place to rest your weary feet. Well our plot in SL is the reverse, after spending all day wandering around the SL9B displays you will need a little oasis to relax in to take some virtual refreshments – and there you have it, our wonderful Tea room and park! Just down the road from our Tea room you can have another treat too, go and see artist Aruba DeCuir’s brilliant paintings, she gave me a preview the other day and she is a very talented lady, so don’t forget to pay her a visit!
Happy 9th Birthday Second Life and well done all those SL resident volunteers on the Expo site who literally arranged the whole birthday event. They have been helping us all with our building problems and any other bits and pieces, plus they are always on call. They are the unsung heroes and SL just wouldn’t be the same without their hard work!
SL9B - Negen -9, DreamSeeker SL9B Negen (234, 96, 21)